Magnesium and Sugar Cravings and The Connection I Made
I came across a really great article that I wanted to share with everyone about magnesium deficiencies, and why magnesium is one of the most important minerals in our body.
Why Is Magnesium So Important?
I want to share my personal experience with magnesium and how it has hands-down, and probably single-handedly helped me with my sugar cravings…. or more specifically, my chocolate cravings!!
I had been looking for help with my own sugar cravings, because I, like most women I know, LOVE CHOCOLATE.
But there have been times where the urge to eat chocolate, or something chocolate-laden, like a brownie, or a chocolate chip cookie, or that freaking amazing chocolate mother-load cake from Costco, ugghhhh, my nemesis, has severely outweighed the need for any other nourishment!
What I Learned About Magnesium and the Sugar Cravings Connection
I started to research magnesium and sugar cravings, and in doing a bunch of research to deal with my own sugar cravings, I found a lot of info about magnesium helping with sugar cravings. So I started to add more magnesium to my diet.
I always try to add things I feel I’m deficient in the form of “foods” first, for example, some good magnesium rich foods include this short list:
- Eggs (like to use them hard boiled the best for ease of digestion)
- Avocado (the best spread on toast)
- Bananas (love a banana first thing in the morning and frozen in smoothies)
- Spinach (I always add spinach to my protein smoothies)
- Other dark green leafy veggies (think kale, Swiss chard)
- And…yes…DARK chocolate with more than 70% cacao (Trader Joes Dark Chocolate bar is the best)
Adding magnesium rich foods helps A LOT. I would notice pretty immediately how much cravings would diminish.
Adding Magnesium Through Supplementation
But the real game-changer is to add a bit more magnesium in the form of natural minerals. I use ConcenTrace Trace minerals which I just get off of Amazon because they have as good a price if not better than anywhere else… Trace Minerals Research TMD01 – Liqumins ConcenTrace Trace Mineral Drops, 8 Ounce
These drops have 250 mg of magnesium in 1/2 teaspoon. When I use them, for me, I have to tell you, BAM!… the cravings gone, gone, gone! It’s really amazing.
If you don’t use Amazon, or you don’t want to get them online, you can also find it at your local Whole Foods, Vitamin Shop, Mother’s or most good health food stores.
More About Magnesium and Sugar Cravings
Here is the article that inspired me to share my experience with magnesium and sugar cravings, and how a magnesium deficiency could be to blame.
It’s really interesting because there are some very subtle things that you might not think are related to magnesium deficiency, for example, muscle cramps, headaches, getting injured easily.
Although this article does not talk about the sugar cravings part, I know for a fact that magnesium really helps with sugar cravings! It does explain very about magnesium deficiency and how it’s related to blood sugar imbalance.
Because magnesium is directly responsible for improving your absorption of glucose and thereby keeping your blood sugar level.
When your blood sugar is not level… you guessed it… cravings start demanding your attention big time!
Important!!! Be Careful of Too Much Magnesium
Now, it’s super important to mention that you definitely do not want to be taking too much magnesium in supplement form. I found this it through my own trial and error.
I was adding about an additional 500 mg of magnesium to my diet in supplement form (capsule) to help with my injuries that I experience from years of running… I have chronic Achilles tendonitis.
So I added magnesium, and I would find that when I was sitting still or working at the computer my heart would feel “jumpy” all of a sudden. I know that’s a weird way to describe it, but that’s how it felt. Not quite like it was racing but just jumping around.
So I dug a little deeper into my research on magnesium and found that a racing heard could be due to magnesium overload! I knew right away that was the culprit, so I backed off the magnesium capsule ALTOGETHER. And just stuck with what I intuitively knew in my heart (no pun intended) to be working, and that was the food and the Trace Mineral liquid drops.
And voila, everything went back to normal, and I never felt that jumpy feeling in my heart again.
So give a little magnesium a try if you are experiencing intense cravings, or if you are having any of those other issues mentioned in the article for the 8 Warning Signs of Magnesium Deficiency!
To your best health!